Box Office Weekend: Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel Owns Box Office

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The once little-known property has become a blockbuster part of the Marvel empire, thanks in part to a pitch-perfect oddball cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. This year, the studio unveils Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had no trouble surpassing its predecessor Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million) with an opening weekend haul of $145 million.

During a lengthy message on his Facebook page, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer and filmmaker, James Gunn, talked about the film's release, and he also addressed the next sequel for the film. The wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is over and it had a fantastic opening weekend.

The Disney-Marvel tentpole is kicking off the summer box office solidly - although the figure is coming in slightly lower than recent forecasts, which had pegged the launch above $150 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reunites the crew from the original movie as they embark on a hilariously epic adventure as they travel throughout the cosmos while battling a new, sinister threat that dares to get in their way.

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Lionsgate's "How to be a Latin Lover" placed fourth with an estimated 5.25 million in its second weekend. Gunn is already attached to write and direct the third "Guardians" movie.

Granted, it's a little early to be dwelling on such thoughts, considering that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still playing in theaters across the globe - and making a pretty penny for Marvel in the process. Universal came close with The Fate of the Furious in April, but the eighth instalment in the action franchise fell short of the $100 million mark with a total of $98.7 million in its first weekend. The $145 million the film earned this weekend was nearly 54 percent higher that the $94.3 million the first film earned.

The House of Mouse is looking to wrangle more box office accomplishments by the year's end. The film now has over $207 million at the domestic box office.

In limited launch, the Orchard's "The Dinner" made $669,000 from 509 locations.

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